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Green Guide for Events | City of Little Rock


In our studies, we have found that the simplest measures are the most effective ones. We encourage all local events to start their journey Towards Zero Waste by focusing on the elimination of individual items of trash and single-use plastic from their event footprint. We strongly encourage anyone starting on this journey to focus wholly on each individual item and its total eradication before moving onto the next. Your vendors and attendees need realistic, achievable goals, and you must support them in their efforts while enforcing your guidelines. Volunteers will be a crucial component to your success, as they will be educators and enforcers on the day(s) of your event.



We have developed a 3-pronged approach to the creation of our sustainability guidelines:

What the event can do.
What the vendors can do.
What the attendees can do.

What the Event Organizer Can Do


Communicating your guidelines clearly and confidently to your vendors, attendees, and community is critical to your success. 


Share resources with your vendors, tips with your attendees, and use signage and volunteers on the day(s) of your event to help everyone succeed (and take lessons home that positively impact the community). 


Event organizers must be adamant about the sustainability goals and define a system for dealing with nonobservance (particularly with vendors). Use signage and volunteers on the day(s) of your event to enforce efforts.

What the Vendors Can Do


We all have to recognize that how we are packaging and selling products is mostly unsustainable. Take responsibility for your business and home, and realize that being a steward of the Natural State is for future generations and the convenience of today should not be first priority.


Respect the goals of the event and do your part when packaging and presenting your product. Imagine if you had to personally deal with all of the waste from your product – make it minimal, biodegradable, and/or easily recyclable.


We know that humans must curtail our single-use, convenience-driven lifestyles to expect a future home for their progeny. That being said, this is still a trend that is gaining much traction! Share your successes with your patrons, and you will both be gratified at buying your product!


What the Event Attendees Can Do


Share and support your efforts online and by word of mouth! Give plenty of opportunity for the community to engage and react to your sustainability goals.


On the day of the event, attendees must come prepared to meet your goals. By bringing their own vessels, saying no to straws, and separating waste properly, everyone will be contributing to keeping the Natural State litter-free.


Urge attendees and the community to take these lessons beyond your event. Challenge them with ways to think outside the “plastic box” and engage with them on their efforts as a follow up!

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For more information about these resources and how to use them, please contact Brittany Nichols, City of Little Rock Recycling and Sustainability Programs Educator, at 501-371-4646 or by emailing

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Tourism Prince George secured $100,000 grant to help bring business events and conferences to city

Tourism Prince George secured $100,000 grant to help bring business events and conferences to city

Meetings and conferences are making a comeback, and Tourism Prince George is ready for it.

Tourism Prince George was a recipient of the BC Business Events and Conference Restart Fund to the tune of $100,000. With part of this funding Tourism Prince George can now assist in bringing multi-day regional, national and international conferences and events to Prince George.

“The meetings, conferences and events sector is a huge economic driver within the tourism industry that has been devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Colin Carson, CEO of Tourism Prince George.

Now that safety measures have been gradually lifted, and confidence to have in-person meetings and events have rebounded, Tourism Prince George is excited to support the local hospitality and tourism industries.

“The restart grant allows us to be aggressive in attracting new business that will fill our hotel rooms and drive dollars into Prince George,” Carson said. “We are extremely thankful to the Province of British Columbia for this grant that allows Prince George to be competitive in the industry.”

The bulk of the funds will go towards assisting organizations with rental-fee incentives for meeting spaces such as hotel conference rooms, the Prince George Conference and Civic Centre and the Uda Dune Baiyoh (House of Ancestors). The remainder will be allocated to roll out a winter-meeting campaign to highlight Prince George as a conference destination. Tourism Prince George anticipates this support to have a dual impact: it will help drive accommodation stays (a funding requirement is a minimum of 100 booked rooms, which can be divided into multiple days), while providing financial backing for those wanting to host conferences and events.

For those interested in tapping into this resource, please contact Tourism Prince George.

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City holds first Beer, Brands, and BBQ event with guest marketing consultant

City holds first Beer, Brands, and BBQ event with guest marketing consultant

Gair Maxwell, author of Big Little Legends, joined Moose Jaw Mayor Clive Tolley at the building formerly known as Mosaic Place, where guests heard from local business leaders and enjoyed pulled pork sandwiches and a Moose Jaw-brewed IPA.

Gair Maxwell, author of Big Little Legends, joined Moose Jaw Mayor Clive Tolley at the building formerly known as Mosaic Place, where guests listened to local business leaders and enjoyed pulled pork sandwiches and a Moose Jaw-brewed IPA.

The city is currently hunting a new naming partner for the Moose Jaw Events Centre after the Mosaic Company declined to renew their partnership.

The event took place August 4 in the Founder’s Lounge. Craig Hemingway, the City’s communications manager, thanked sponsors including Burns & McDonnell, Thunder Creek Pork, which supplied the meal, and the staff at the Events Centre.

The night’s featured businesses were the Moose Jaw Brewing Company (MJBC), Lion’s Creek Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar, and the Moose Jaw Co-op.

Tolley noted as the event got underway that he had only met Maxwell that evening, but discovered they shared a past in hockey colour commentary. The pair spent some time bantering in character before Maxwell talked about how the city’s prohibition-era reputation lent itself well to the brand of Most Notorious City in Canada.

Maxwell’s style during the evening was to interrogate guests on their branding strategies and try to come up with suggestions for their next reputation-building move. He engaged the audience with rhetorical questions such as:

“I just want to know if fundamentally you’re ok with greatly expanding your customer base and driving revenue, is that ok, are we ok with that?”

Terry Zwarich and Cody Schulze are the passionate brewers and co-owners behind the Moose Jaw Brewing Company (MJBC), which began producing beverage in January 2022. They brought a sample of their MJBC IPA, which was the evening’s hot topic.

The MJBC’s “silly sauce” — Zwarich’s description — is currently available from Cask 82, Bugsy’s Irish Pub, The Crushed Can Rec Room & Bar, and the Sobey’s Liquor Store. The company’s passion for their process was apparent as Zwarich and Schulze described the various influences of time, temperature, humidity, herbs, and spices on their flavours and how they have refined a consistent taste in their core lineup.

Charmaine Franken of Lion’s Creek was up after the MJBC.

Lion’s Creek’s flagship store in Moose Jaw, but the company imports its olives from South Africa and its balsamic vinegar from Modena, Italy. Franken told the story of their successful rebranding.

The name Lion’s Creek comes from the source of their olives in South Africa — where two rivers converge. Both rivers are named after the legendary predator: Leeu in Afrikaans and Gamka in Khoisan.

Free tasting sessions, staff expertise, a wide variety of pairing options, and scores of flavours have made Lion’s Creek justifiably famous and a regular stop for downtown shoppers.

Geoff Anderson was the final guest. Anderson has been the general manager of the Moose Jaw Co-op Association since 2019 and has built a reputation for his community participation. He is the current chair of the Downtown Moose Jaw Association (DMJA), which recently announced a goal of creating Canada’s Most Notoriously Charming downtown.

Anderson is also on the board of the Moose Jaw Transition House and joined forces with 15 other men last November for a Transition House fundraiser.

Anderson and his wife Juanita mentioned that their careers with the Co-op have resulted in more than 45 moves between the two of them. During his conversation with Tolley and Maxwell, Anderson expressed his passion for the culture of customer-owned co-operatives, which translates into a brand centered around experience rather than product.

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City holds first ever Beer, Brands & BBQ event

Good food, good laughs, and a good time was had by all who attended the City of Moose Jaw’s first ever Beer, Brands & BBQ at Mosaic Place on Thursday night.

Mayor Clive Tolley, city staff and members of the business community were in attendance to come together to share stories and collaborate on how to grow the brand of not only the city but businesses within the city.

Gair Maxwell was the event’s guest speaker. Maxwell is an international branding expert and the best-selling author of ‘Big Little Legends’. He also helped brand Moose Jaw as Canada’s Most Notorious City back in 2019.

Following a scrumptious dinner, Maxwell kicked the evening off by sharing his story of how he helped Moose Jaw become Canada’s Most Notorious City, as well as giving local businesses in attendance insight and advice on how to brand their company successfully. One of the big things Maxwell emphasized to the crowd was how important it was for the social media audience to brand your company for you through various platforms.

Those in attendance had the opportunity to hear the stories of three local businesses and their branding and marketing stories, with Maxwell and Mayor Tolley interviewing each.

The first business that sat in the hot seat was Moose Jaw Brewing Company co-owner, Terry Zwarich. Zwarich shared his story about how their business got off the ground, which began making beer on the weekends with his friends, and then eventually had the idea to create what is now the Moose Jaw Brewing Company.

A burning question for Zwarich was the story behind his curly mustache, which he says he has been growing for the past 12 years.

IMG_0079_1.JPG Moose Jaw Brewing Company co-owner, Terry Zwarich sharing his story with Mayor Clive Tolley (left), and Grair Maxwell (right). 

The next business was one that actually had to re-brand and now is known as Lions Creek Olive Estate, owned by Charmanine Franken. She explained where the name Lions Creek came from. She says that the name ties in with her story and South African roots, where her premium olives for her Extra Virgin Olive oil are from. Franken shared her passion for her olive oil and balsamic vinegar company and highlighted the struggles and successes she has had along the way.

IMG_0093_0.JPGLions Creek Olive Estate, owned by Charmanine Franken fielding questions from Maxwell and Tolley. 

Geoff Anderson, CEO of Moose Jaw Co-op and Chair of the Downtown Moose Jaw Association was the last one in the hot seat. Anderson began his Co-op career in the small town of Carrot River, SK, in the butcher shop and explained how he made it from there to where he is today, with some help and motivation from a co-worker.

He expressed a great deal of passion for the culture of Co-op and even some new branding initiatives they have taken to create a better customer and employee experience.

IMG_0121_0.JPG Geoff Anderson, CEO of Moose Jaw Co-op sharing his story with the audience. 

The evening finished off with a Q&A session with Maxwell and Tolley where the audience was able to ask questions on how to better improve the branding of their businesses and or the city’s new ‘Get A Life’ marketing campaign.

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Busy weekend of events in city centre

Guildhall events will bring past to life

Published on Thursday, August 4, 2022

Caribbean Carnival procession

THREE big sporting, cultural and religious events will be taking place in Leicester this weekend.


The city is set to host the annual Caribbean Carnival at Victoria Park, on Saturday, August 6, and will include a colourful parade from the park into the city centre and back again.


The parade route includes Granville Road, London Road, Waterloo Way, Charles Street and into Humberstone Gate and Gallowtree Gate, before returning to Victoria Park via Granby Street and London Road.


Rolling road closures will be in place from around 12.30pm till around 4pm, along with temporary parking restrictions along the route throughout the day, to allow the parade to pass safely. Events at the park continue until 8pm, with parking and waiting restrictions nearby remaining in place throughout.


On Sunday, August 7, the spectacular Hare Krishna festival of Rathayatra will see a huge decorated chariot will make its way from the city centre to Belgrave.


Rathayatra is one of the major events for followers of the Hare Krishna faith, and the event is being organised by the International Society for Krisha Consciousness (ISKCON), which has been present in the city since the 1970s.


The procession will travel from Gallowtree Gate, Haymarket and Belgrave Gate, along Belgrave Road and on to Cossington Street Recreation Ground.


Again, rolling road closures and parking restrictions will be in place during the event, which runs from around 12.30pm to about 2.30pm.


As a result, people attending the Leicester City match against Brentford on the same day are being asked to allow extra time for their journeys. The game is due to kick off at 2pm.


Details of all traffic and travel are available from Area Traffic Control at @ATCLeicester


Information about the Caribbean Carnival is available from the organisers here


More details of Rathayatra are available from ISKCON here



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This Week’s Discover Fun in Kannapolis Events > City of Kannapolis

It is another great year to Discover Fun in Kannapolis. The City has announced its lineup of concerts, movies, special events, Cannon Ballers baseball and of course – fireworks for 2022. All movies and concerts are free to the public and will be held in downtown Kannapolis. Movies and concerts are held at Village Park and Veterans Park.


This week’s events are:


August 2                     National Night Out

                                    5-7 p.m. at Veterans Park


August 3                     Bright Star Theatre: Treasure Island

                                    11 a.m. at Veterans Park


August 4                     Farmer’s Market

                                   4 -7 p.m. at corner of Dale Earnhardt Blvd. and Vance Ave.

                                    Featuring live music from Jamie Brock (Nagara drums)


August 6                    Concert in the Park: Everclear, Fastball & The Nixons

                                    7 p.m. at Village Park


August 7                     Sunday Music Series: RenElvis, Elvis Impersonator

                                    1-3 p.m. at Veterans Park     



Children 18 & under must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. No pets or smoking please.

Outside alcohol is not permitted. Food/Drinks will be available for purchase, or attendees can bring their own. Lawn chairs are permitted. You can download the summer’s entire schedule at or find it on Facebook and Twitter.